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A new era of 'Look East' would boost both Japan and Malaysia

Two nations can build on legacy of historic foreign policy shift

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Local workers at a freshly opened Honda Motor factory in Malacca, Malaysia in 2003: The country's economy received a tremendous boost from Japanese foreign direct investment.   © Reuters

Liew Chin Tong is Malaysia's deputy minister of investment, trade and industry.

The story of Malaysia's Look East Policy is as much about Japan's postwar relationship with Southeast Asia as it is about Kuala Lumpur's search for its post-colonial place in the world in the early 1980s.

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